Communications Blog

Thank you to our staff of Educational Support Professionals for making it possible to provide Ferndale students with the best start for their futures.

Some large urban districts are arguing that the easiest path to sustainability is to increase the amount of taxes school districts can ask for locally. In other words, “to raise the levy lid” back to where it was before the Washington State Legislature changed education funding as the result the McCleary lawsuit, which determined the State had not been meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. We do not agree that raising the local levy lid is a good idea.

Vista Middle School recently held its annual all-school food drive, collecting more than 4,000 pounds of food for donation to the Ferndale Food Bank.

Harvest of the Month, a partnership program with Whatcom Farm to School, has returned to the Ferndale School District and features a locally-grown fruit or vegetable on lunch menus each month.

The 27th Annual Ferndale School District Math Olympiad event was held in February at Cascadia Elementary School.

Vista Middle School's Great Kindness Challenge Natural Helpers Week has been rescheduled for March 4-8, featuring a week of themed activities and a challenge to perform as many kind deeds as possible.

National School Counselor Appreciation Week gives a special opportunity to say “thank you.” In 2019, we celebrate National School Counselor Appreciation Week February 4th – 8th. The Ferndale School District invites the community to join in sending gratitude to our school counselors during this special week.

January Community Questions

January 31, 2019

Superintendent Linda Quinn answers questions received throughout the month.

To recognize and show appreciation during School Board Recognition Month, the Ferndale School District had the opportunity to interview a few of the many staff members in the Ferndale School District as well as a group of elementary school students at Skyline Elementary School.

The latest in an interview series with Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn features Ferndale High School grad Jake Locker.

In Ferndale, we want our schools to provide a great start to every student’s future, and Jump Start Kindergarten – an early school readiness program – is playing an important role in achieving this goal.

Ferndale School District teachers from nine school campuses were recently named mini-grant recipients by the Whatcom County School Retirees Association (WCSRA) after applying for grants to support a variety of educational experiences for students.

Our bond measure to modernize Ferndale schools will be back on the February 12, 2019 Special Election ballot. This is the bond to build a new high school, make critical facility repairs and upgrades, improve school security, and modernize our Performing Arts Center.

Each year, FFA wreath & swag making brings many supporters, staff, boosters, parents and students together for holiday cheer, remembrance, building friendships and making memories. Tony Torretta, FFA Advisor and Ag Science Teacher at FHS says, “Many students say the wreath making is one of their fondest memories at FHS.”

December Community Questions

December 18, 2018

Superintendent Linda Quinn answers questions received throughout the month.

2018 is the ninth year that Ferndale School District Administrative Services Director Tammy Bengen has coordinated the United Way campaign at the Ferndale School District. "I'm passionate, and I know our staff is too, about supporting people in need in our community. I believe in the work of United Way—helping to provide basic needs, creating economic mobility and breaking the cycle of poverty—right here in Whatcom County," said Bengen. She reports, “This year, we had 47 persons contribute a total of $9,727 to United Way. That is an increase of 13 people giving from last year and the amount increased by almost $1200!”

November Community Questions

November 30, 2018

Community questions from November 2018.

Demonstrating commitment to the classroom and competition, the Ferndale High School Girls Soccer Team was recently named a Fall Team Academic State Champion by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Awards Program.

The Ferndale School Board has been recognized as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), earning the honor for the sixth time since 2012.

Charlie Brown and his cast of characters have rolled back onto television screens in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. You may remember one of Charlie’s cast of characters – Linus – the blankie-carrying best friend. Linus delivers the classic line, “Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”

Ferndale School District Director of Transportation Kelly Johnson has announced the purchase of five propane-powered school buses. The buses will provide increased efficiency and cost savings for the District.

October Community Questions

October 31, 2018

Dr. Quinn answers monthly community questions.

The October 30th event, called Lunch with Leaders, paired local employers Les Schwab, Gitts Auto Body, Gary’s Plumbing, and Lynden Door with twenty-five Ferndale High School students. Students were transported to the Ferndale Pavilion where they enjoyed lunch donated by event sponsor Phillips 66 and rotated through employer led sessions. Each employer talked with students about career development and job shadow opportunities.

The Ferndale School District is offering Jump Start Kindergarten, a kindergarten readiness program, for eligible 2019-2020 students living in the district with program registration to begin in November.

The Ferndale School District and Community Bond Oversight Committee held Listening Sessions on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16 as opportunities for the community to meet committee members and provide a platform for two-way conversation about the committee’s role and plans.